CMS’s Top Seven Changes to the Stark Law

    View Author January 2016

    On November 16, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, issued a final rule revising, clarifying and adding exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark) in order to (1) accommodate delivery and payment system reform; (2) reduce burdens; and (3) ensure and facilitate compliance. These changes include two new exceptions, clarifications adding additional explanations to existing policies, and revisions to existing definitions and exceptions.